1973 2018 DUO S
2016 NAO® +
1936: Fernand Petzl starts exploring the Dent de Crolles, France, and invents the tools he needs
1968: Our first rope clamps and descenders (BASIC, SIMPLE) under the name Produits Fernand Petzl (Fernand Petzl Products)
1973: First Petzl mountaineering headlamp is developed
1983: First Petzl harnesses
1991: GRIGRI®, first assisted blocking belay device
1998: TIBLOC®, ultra-compact rope clamp
2001: TIKKA®, the first LED headlamp
2004: ASAP® mobile fall arrester
2005: Petzl professional helmets
2006: EXO® personal escape system for New York City firefighters
2012: NAO® headlamp with REACTIVE LIGHTING® technology
2013: SIROCCO helmet and ZIGZAG® mechanical Prusik for tree care
2015: SITTA harness for climbing and technical mountaineering
2017: GRIGRI® + belay device
2018: New DUO headlamps with FACE2FACE anti-glare technology
2019: METEOR climbing and mountaineering helmets with TOP AND SIDE PROTECTION
2020: MAESTRO descenders for technical rescue, and ultra-lightweight IKO headlamps with AIRFIT headband and ultra-thin lamp body
A pioneering business
Education, communication From the beginning, we have sought to provide technical answers to our users needs. The answers come in the form of product design, but also in the sharing of our experience with verticality. This experience can be found in the technical notices for products, and in the technical advice in our catalogs and at Petzl.com.
The Petzl Solutions department is dedicated to education, through the sharing of our technical expertise. Petzl Solutions provides technical education modules and makes them available through a network of Petzl Technical Institutes around the world.
In order to share our values, we collaborate with top athletes in different disciplines. Mountaineers, climbers, trail runners, cavers... they are the ambassadors of our company and of the passion for the inaccessible. Many are involved with the fine-tuning of our products. See them at Petzl events, and through their stories on Petzl.com and on our social media platforms.
To access the inaccessible, you need to know how to reinvent yourself. Since the development of the first rope clamps and descenders, which laid the foundation for rope progression, Petzl has been at the forefront of change and the emergence of new techniques. Headlamp lighting, belaying, rescue, ice climbing, glacier travel... In these and other fields, Petzl innovations have enabled equipment to evolve and practices to be reinvented. As proof of this dynamic activity, over 700 patents have been registered since 1970. These advances always result from a dialogue with the user, in order to understand his/her expectations and to provide the elements s/he needs. Petzl has always remained true to this method. Petzl s philosophy for design and production is also based on accelerating change, transforming, and innovating in order to provide sports enthusiasts and professionals with the quality products they demand. Testing tower, experimentation center, individual inspections, LEAN manufacturing process - Petzl was a pioneer in all of these innovations.